CALL ME CRAZY - an online showing

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Join AD4E and MITUK for an online showing (plus Q&As) of Paula Caplan's highly acclaimed play about challenging psychiatric labels.

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A Disorder for Everyone and Mad in the UK, supported by Onlinevents bring you an online showing of 'CALL ME CRAZY' with a top class cast. This performance will be followed by a Q&A session where questions from the audience will be invited. Paula herself will be taking part in the Q&A along with other cast members.

The Play

Is anybody normal? And who gets to decide? And how do they decide? A young therapy trainee on the last day of her internship starts to question the supervisor she has respected and trusted all year. Desperate for answers to her still unanswered questions about what therapists do, in contrast to what they should do, she clashes with her supervisor...and with other interns, each of whom has a deeply personal stake in sticking by the top guy. As the therapists battle away, four patients from their mental hospital watch and listen, unseen. Each time the therapists miss some major point they need to grasp, the patients rush out and do a song, a skit, a dance, a vaudeville act to try to get through to them. Gradually, some of the therapists, to varying degrees, start to learn what the patients have to teach them about the realities of trying to get help in a time of intense need, about what really helps, and what makes a patient’s life more hellish than before. Freud’s mother, who’s never before had a chance to speak her piece, puts everyone in their place, including her own son’s legacy.

The Cast

Chris Arnold: After a professional lifetime of being a film editor and starting a company in Hollywood that produced more than 1,000 trailers for all the major studios -- many of which won awards, I am now pleasantly quasi- retired in the Hollywood Hills and making occasional Documentaries. My most recent feature documentary called TRANS was recently voted as the #1 LBGT film on Amazon Prime.

Paula J. Caplan, playwright of CALL ME CRAZY, is a longtime actor, director, anti-psych-diagnosis activist and advocate, and filmmaker.

Paula Hajar is a Professional Developer in Mathematics at the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning, a school she helped found in 2003. In 1969 she played the Moll in Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock at Harvard's Loeb Experimental Theatre and played a courtesan in Die Fledermaus at Radcliffe’s Agassiz Theatre.

Ellen Mandel is a composer who has written many songs to poems by e.e. cummings, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, Charlotte Mew, and others, which have been performed in concerts across the USA and Europe. She has created music for more than 90 plays from Shakespeare to Stoppard. Dizzy Gillespie called her a "wonderful musician."

Terrence McNally as an actor, Terrence has appeared in over a hundred films, television shows, and plays. He was a writer and producer of the cult film Earth Girls Are Easy. Longtime host/producer of Free Forum with Terrence McNally (radio/podcast), interviews pursuing “a world that just might work,” he's also host/producer of the Webbie-honored podcast, Disruptive, for Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Alexis Pearce, a rabbi, healthcare chaplain, and grief counselor who learned to act at her mother's knee and just happens to be a cousin of playwright Paula Caplan, who plays the earnest psychology intern who starts to see the light about psychiatric diagnosis before the other therapists do.

Hal Robinson, veteran actor of Broadway, TV, and film, who plays the senior, powerful, white, male psychiatrist and diagnosis advocate.

Paul Wales is a retired movie marketing drone. Not surprisingly, he has no formal training as an actor, though he once shook hands with Arnold Schwarzegger. Paul, a boulevardier, flaneur, superannuated bar band bassist, and universally ignored social critic, is hard at work on a new attitude.

Mary Lee Wile - [The Rev.] Mary Lee Wile is an Episcopal deacon who served eight years as a pediatric hospice chaplain, ten years in prison ministry, continues to offer spiritual direction, writes sporadically, and for 23 years taught high school English.

Chris Arnold, Paula Caplan, Paula Hajar, Ellen Mandel, Terrence McNally, Paul Wales, and Mary Lee Wile were all members of the Harvard-Radcliffe class of '69 and have been members of the class of '69 cabarets at their reunions.

The Reviews

“…thoroughly entertaining… Careening from gut-wrenching seriousness to vaudeville-style antics… ingenious interchange of a dramatic play with comic sketches and musical numbers gives both satiric and somber force.”

The Off-Off-Broadway Review

“Bold, vibrant, funny, and disturbing…leaps to life…a richly provocative theatrical experience, entertaining, enlightening and profoundly disturbing all at once.”

New Bedford Standard-Times

The Playwright

Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist, expert witness, activist, advocate, award winning playwright and filmmaker, screenwriter, lyricist, actor, and director. She received her A.B. with honours from Radcliffe College of Harvard University and her Ph. D. in psychology from Duke University. She is currently Associate at the DuBois Institute, and she spent two years as a Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School, both at Harvard University.

Paula has been a Lecturer at Harvard, teaching Myths of Motherhood; Girls’ and Women’s Psychological Development over the Lifespan; and Psychology of Sex and Gender. She is former full Professor of Applied Psychology and Head of the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she also headed the School Psychology and Community Psychology programs, and former Lecturer in Women’s Studies and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Paula is the author of 11 books, including: They Say You’re Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal, and first editor of one Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis, as well as being author of dozens of book chapters and articles in scholarly journals, as well as of numerous articles and essays in popular publications. Her most recent book, When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, won three top U.S. awards for nonfiction and is based on a nonpathologizing way of understanding the deeply human reactions to war and to military rape that are too often harmfully classified as mental illnesses, and she presents a nonpathologizing, simple, and powerfully effective approach to helping suffering veterans.

Paul Caplan has given hundreds of invited addresses and invited workshops and done more than 1,000 media interviews. She is Producer of the documentary film, “Is Anybody Listening?” (based on her book about veterans) which won Award of Exceptional Merit in Depth of Field International Film Festival; an Award of Excellence for Editing and Awards of Exceptional Merit for the Film and for the Research in the Docs Without Borders Film Festival; and Award of Excellence in the WRPN Short, Tight, and Loose Festival. She received a Bronze Telly Award for her “Listen to a Veteran!” Public Service Announcement series.

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NB - Image on yellow is entitled Survey by artist Robert Shetterly

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